Matthew Pennington is open to joining Hull City on a permanent basis, with Hull Live reporting that the defender has accepted that his future lies away from Everton.
Pennington has spent the large majority of his time in senior football out on loan. The Tigers are the sixth loan club of the 25-year-old’s career.
He had previously broken into the Toffees’ first-team – famously scoring in the Merseyside Derby at Anfield. However, he has not made an appearance for Everton in almost three years.
Hull Live reports that the centre-back has accepted that he needs to leave Goodison Park permanently this summer.
And the report notes that he is open to staying at Hull beyond his current loan spell. He has reportedly formed a good relationship with Grant McCann.
TBR View – Permanent Everton exit best for all parties
Of course, Hull’s fortunes over the coming weeks will influence how likely a permanent switch to the KCOM Stadium proves to be.
But if the two clubs can agree a deal, it would surely be best for all parties.
Everton will not lose Pennington on a free transfer next year. Meanwhile, he may feel that his career will benefit from avoiding another loan spell.
But for now, he will be hoping to help McCann’s men avoid relegation once the season resumes. Then discussions over his future can perhaps begin.